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ABCD Institute Fall 2021 Virtual Training Workshop​​

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You are invited to a series of conversations over 6 sessions exploring principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development in the community. We will engage in conversations around the many challenges we are facing today and the power of connection. This is an 18-hour series focused on building community resilience and a belief that what we need, is here. 

  • North AmericaMonday, October 11,18, 25 and Monday November 1​​, 17 and Friday November 19. 5:00-8:00 pm CST
  • AustraliaTuesday, October 12, 19, 26 and Tuesday November 2, 18 and Saturday November 20​. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm AEDT
Where: This will be a virtual training via Zoom. 

People’s lives are transformed by ABCD and this series is for all connectors and those curious about the strength of their community. 
  • Some of the tales shared and topics discussed may include:
  • How might communities respond to crisis when resilience is under pressure?
  • How might ABCD address income and race disparity?
  • What are the ingredients in a community that can bring people together?
  • What does it take to create a healthy community? 
  • How can ABCD re-engage curiosity in the world and create belonging?
Workshop Leaders: Your storytellers will be three experienced ABCD Stewards affiliated with the ABCD Institute at DePaul University – Dee Brooks, Michelle Dunscombe and Joe Erpenbeck.

For more information and to register

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The ABCD UnConference - Active Hope: Connecting Wisdom and Strengths Across Our Land

The Global ABCD UnConference is back for 2021! 
Time: Wednesday, September 22 to Thursday 23, 2021 New Zealand Time
Tuesday, September 21 to Wednesday 22  USA, Canada, South America
Registration is free.
Hosted by global asset and strengths-based practitioners from around the world, with over 24 hours of rolling time events, this virtual (un)Conference will engage global groups with all levels of formal and informal experience to hold space and facilitate conversations about the questions that have been keeping you up at night about assets and strengths-based action.

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ABCD in Action Rural ABCD Community of Practice

This CoP started in May 2021 and we are going to be meeting monthly to talk and learn from each other about our rural ABCD work. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 10 am ET. We have created a new forum to help keep the conversation going.
You must be a member of ABCD in Action, but it is free and easy to sign up. 
Become a member of ABCD in Action   |   Information on ABCD CoP

Tamarack Institute ABCD Community of Practice

The aim of the bi-monthly Asset-Based Community Development Community of Practice (ABCD CoP) is to go deeper on ABCD practice and explore helpful tools and resources by bringing together practitioners and residents who are applying or are seeking to apply an ABCD approach to their community development work.
For more information and sign up

Jeder Institute’s Days Starting with T: ABCD and Participatory Community Building Teaching and Learning Series

Every Tuesday we offer ABCD and community building teaches at 8am and 8pm AEST
Every Thursday we have Guest Speakers at 8am and 8pm AEST
Every Sunday we share a “what’s coming up for the week” on social media
Upcoming guests; Heather Keam, ABCD Canada; Mike Green, ABCD for Inclusion; Peter Kenyon, Bank of IDEAS 
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International Association for Community Development (IACD) Oceania Online Practitioner Catch ups

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 12pm AEST
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Asset-Based and Citizen-led Development online course - Coady Institute

August 16 – October 15, 2021 

Application Deadline: July 5, 2021

This course is a global space for sharing and learning about the principles, practices, and tools that put local assets and action at the centre any development initiative. It offers a “time-out” for you to question conventional community development practices and beliefs and to re-evaluate the role of institutions in stimulating and supporting genuine asset-based and citizen-led development (ABCD).
Online Delivery 
To learn more and apply

Core Gifts Institute: Master Facilitator Certification

August 26 & 27

Join us for our new online Master Facilitator training. Spend two days with a small group learning multicultural gift theory, get in-depth coaching on facilitating the Core Gift Discovery process, learn to use Jamboard for online Gift interviews, and leave knowing your personal Core Gift.
For more information and to register

Workshop Offering: Friendship as Foundation

Inspired by an article by John McKnight, ABCD Steward, Jess Wyatt, developed the foundations for a workshop rooted in ABCD principles and practices for the broader ABCD community. Friendship as Foundation - Softening the boundaries between Being and Doing in relationship with others and yourself is a month-long online transformational experience where participants will leave feeling more aligned and energetic in their mind, body, and spirit through a practice of nurturing friendship and physical movement. READ MORE
Contact Jess Wyatt for more information on cost and logistics.

​​​​ABCD and First Nations

The group meets on the last Tuesday (Monday for our US friends) of each month at 9am Australian Eastern Standard Time. The zoom calls are a place for First Nations (Indigenous) practitioners or practitioners working with First Nations communities to come together and share stories, tools and practices. 

Anyone who would like to join us can email Steward Michelle Dunscombe at

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